Another Island Hobby

I never really got into the selfie craze. I think my arms are too short to take good selfies?! I’ve also never been great at capturing beautifully candid moments in pictures. Like people laughing as they sip Champagne or friends embracing during emotional moments…. you know those perfectly Instagram-able moments that you can put a nice filter on and people love them?

White Bay, Jost van Dyke BVI

See how silly my selfies look?

Before I moved to the island of St John, my Instagram and Facebook posts were basically posed pictures of my friends smiling or my beautiful boys, Henry and Logan, doing something adorable and perfect. Good thing my friends are beautiful on the inside AND the out and my puppies are perpetually camera-ready.

St. John USVI

These two are perfectly photographable 24/7!

Now that I live on St John, I’ve found that in addition to napping and appreciating rainy days, I have another island hobby, photography, which ironically I know nothing about. I don’t have a fancy camera; in fact I don’t even use my little Canon at all.

I’m just equipped each day with my iPhone 4S, and luckily, I happen to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. So as long as my battery doesn’t die, I’m ready to shoot, and it feels so cool to capture magical shots around the Caribbean!

Trunk Bay St. John USVI


St. John USVIIt makes me think of the argument that you learn more on the job than you do during all your years in college. I’m reminded that, as with almost anything in life, practice makes perfect. And the only way to practice, is to get out in the world and live life, “practicing” as you do life.

St. John USVI

For now, my pictures can be found on Instagram or Facebook, but who knows… Maybe one day they will go viral? Maybe one day they’ll be worth some money? Hey, a girl can dream, right?

St. John USVI

So I’ve been thinking a lot about these hobbies of mine. Whatever your hobby is, my humble advice would be to approach it with unabashed passion. Don’t apologize for your enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is contagious. Every professional starts as an amateur, and most every amateur has a dream of making it big in their chosen field. Cheers to hobbies that bring you joy, and good luck turning your passion into a profession!

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Ashley Cates, St. John USVI Blogger

  • Gloria Cates
    May 20, 2015

    As I told Shaun on the phone the other night, I love your blog with all the stories, pictures etc. Keep up the great work. We are so proud of you both. Love to Henry and Logan. Love you all!!!

    • Ashley
      May 21, 2015

      Thanks so much Gloria! Love y’all too!

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